From 11 – 1 9 October, a small group of Year 10, 11 and 12 students went on the very first Walton High French exchange to Besançon, France. What a great experience! The first exchange between two schools is always difficult but with the students’ enthusiasm and the teachers’ support on both the French and English sides, the first exchange between Walton High and Lycée Pergaud was a success. We had some great experiences in the Franche-Comté region - from lessons at school to visiting ancient citadels on hills. We were given a wonderful opportunity to have a real taste of French life.
Strong friendships have been formed between the students who took part, with technology used to keep in touch with partners. All students gained confidence to use the French they have been taught in school in a real life setting. Living with a family develops interpersonal and communication skills, including independence and resilience, which will be of benefit for the students in the future.
Highlights of the trip included visits to a chocolaterie (where they make delicious chocolate), Lausanne in Switzerland (a beautiful lakeside town) and Dijon (the home of great mustard). Students also got to do interesting and exciting activities with their French families at the weekend, including go-karting, going to theme parks and visiting a comté (the cheese of the region) factory.
Walton High students are looking forward to having their French partners return in May and introducing them to some British culture.